Star English batsman Joe Root is confident of delivering with the bat in his new batting position at number 3 in the upcoming Test series against Pakistan. Root was promoted to number 3 after England’s regular number 3 batsman Nick Compton decided to take an immediate break from the game. Root has usually played at number 4 and 5 positions for England and has an impressive average of over 52 in those positions.
“We had a few discussions throughout the season that it could be a possibility moving forward,” Root said on Tuesday (July 12). “I think the fact I had quite a long time to think about it and to chat it over with the selectors and Trevor (Bayliss) and Cooky (Alastair Cook), it probably made it a bit easier, rather than being thrown into the role.
“The way they’ve dealt with it has been really good and it’s given me time to get my head around it. I feel pretty comfortable going into the series and it’s now just about trying to make sure that moving forward that’s something I feel comfortable with and I can keep making big scores and contributing to winning Test matches.”
Root was also against the notion that his promotion would make England’s middle order weak. England have recalled 15-Test batsman Gary Ballance to play his first Test since losing his place during last year’s Ashes and he is likely to slot in at No.5 with James Vince – who managed just 54 runs in his first four Test innings in the Sri Lanka series. However, Root is confident of a good show from the batsmen.
“I think that’s probably harsh,” he said. “Someone like Jonny Bairstow would consider himself a middle-order batsman and he’s taken his game to another level. Guys like James Vince, who will really be looking forward to getting back out playing red-ball cricket again. He’s got a little bit of experience under his belt and will gain confidence from that.”
The first Test between England and Pakistan starts from July 14 at Lord’s.